Why do we send salah and salam on the Prophet (peace be on him)?

It was narrated from Abdullah bin Abi Talha, from his father, that: The Messenger of Allah (peace be on him) came one day with a cheerful expression on his face, and we said: ‘We see you looking cheerful’. He said: ‘The Angel Jibril came to me and said: ‘O Muhammad, your Lord says: ‘Will it not please you (to know) that no one will send salah upon you that Allah will send salah upon him tenfold, and no one will send salams upon you but I will send salams upon him tenfold?’‘ (Nasa’i) Similar narrations We have a multitude of similar authentic narrations. They say that the one who sends salam and salah on the Prophet (peace be on him) in turn receive salam and salah ten times.  I wish I could go through them all, but they exceed 50-70 narrations, each with subtle difference and additions, creating a fuller picture. The background of this narration In Musnad Ahmed for instance, we have more details about this episode. The Prophet (peace be upon him) went out one day and entered a garden which was full of palm trees and then made sujood and remained in sujood for such a long time, that Abdul Rahman bin Auf thought the Prophet (peace be on him) must have passed away (peace be upon him). He went to him (peace be upon him) and examined him to see if he was still alive, when the Prophet (peace be on him) raised his head and asked ‘What’s wrong with you?’ He replied that he feared during this prolonged sujood the Prophet (peace be on him) had passed away. The Prophet (peace be upon him) then told him, ‘Jibril came to me (may Allah be pleased with him) and he said: I’ll give you the good news … Continue reading Why do we send salah and salam on the Prophet (peace be on him)?